East Sussex Accommodation Guide

Seven Sisters, East Sussex
Seven Sisters, East Sussex

As its name suggests, East Sussex is the eastern part of the historic county of Sussex. After the Saxons invaded Southern England from Germany, Sussex became part of the independent kingdom of the ‘South Saxons’. In Old English, “Sūþsēaxe” is a literal translation of “South Saxons”.

Interestingly, the county of Sussex has been divided into two ceremonial counties (East Sussex and West Sussex) since the 12th century. Due to their size and populations, East and West Sussex were formally divided into two local authorities with separate councils in 1888. Depsite this, Sussex remained a single ceremonial county until 1974.

East Sussex adjoins West Sussex to the west and is connected to the counties of Kent to the north and Surrey to the West. East Sussex is also connected to France and mainland Europe by way of the Channel Tunnel in the South. The tunnel entrance is near Ashford.

The coastal areas within East Sussex are thought to be the sunniest places in the United Kingdom. The Sussex coastline has consistently more sunshine than inland areas due to its sea breezes which keep the coastlines free from cloud. Coastal towns in Sussex enjoy approximately 1,900 sunshine hours a year which compares favourably to the UK average of 1,340 hours a year.

Key Facts Of East Sussex

  • County Town: Lewis
  • Land Area: 1,792 km2 (692 square miles)
  • Population: 844,985 (2019)
  • Average Temperature: (Summer 22 °C)
  • Days Of Rain: Dry for 162 days a year

Best Attractions In East Sussex

Bluebell Railway: The Bluebell Railway is an 11 mi (17.7 km) heritage railway line which crosses Sussex from East to West. Managed by the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society, steam trains are used to operate scheduled train services between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead.

The Observatory Science Centre: The former home of The Royal Greenwich Observatory, this amazing interactive science centre has been one of East Sussex’s major attractions since 1995. The centre also hosts stargazing evenings which are extremely popular with visiting tourists from across the world. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment!

The Seven Sisters: The Seven Sisters Country Park is made up of 280 hectares of chalk cliffs which meet the English Channel in East Sussex. Part of the South Downs National Park, the chalk cliffs are gradually being eroded by the sea. But don’t worry… the erosion is happening very slowly thanks to the efforts of the National Park to protect this wonderful landscape.

Bodiam Castle: Built in 1385, Bodiam Castle is a famous moated castle located near Robertsbridge in East Sussex. The castle is owned by The National Trust since 1925 and is open to the public for day trips. The castle has featured in many films and documentaries and remains one of the most romantic castles to visit in the British Isles.

Rye: In medieval times, Rye was as important member of the Cinque Ports and it was almost entirely surrounded by the sea. Explore Rye’s medieval buildings and steep cobbled streets such as Mermaid Street. With its historical pubs, upscale restaurants and cosy cafes, you won’t go ever go hungry in Rye either!

Best Accommodation In East Sussex

Pekes Houses (Hailsham): We absolutely love Pekes here at Stay In Britain! Based around a 600-year old Manor house, each holiday home has a slightly different style. All share the exotic heated indoor salt-water swimming pool, hot tub, tennis court and the children’s play area. Dogs are welcome too!

The Ram Inn (Lewes): This gastro-pub in Firle (near Lewes), has six luxurious bedrooms all decorated to perfection! When combined with the pub’s glorious setting and fantastic food, this is a great place for a weekend break.

Eatonden Manor Farm (Burwash): Within the farm’s boundary you will find The Hay Barn and The Apple Press which sleep 5 people and 4 people respectively. Set in 50 acres of bluebell fields and rolling hills, this is a great place to base yourself for a long weekend or even longer!

The Bakery (Brighton): This quirky old bakery has been lovingly restored into private accommodation which sleeps up to ten people across 5 bedrooms. The house is just 350 metres from the Britghton Dome. Wake up in the morning and eat hot bread next to the old bread ovens which still remain in the house’s kitchen!


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